2024 - Fall

Foundations of Non-Fiction Audio

Course Number: JOUR-GA 1310.001

Day & Time: Mon | 1:40 PM – 5:00 PM

Location: 20 Cooper Square, Room 654

Instructor: Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika

This course examines the roots of podcasting in non-fiction audio, placing narrative podcasts in historical context. The innovation of podcasting was a revolution not just in format, but also in the dynamics of broadcasting: who holds the power to amplify the voice and reach mass audiences.

In this course, students engage critical questions around authority, power, identity. Students will be armed with a deep catalogue of audio and production references, to serve as significant reference points for critical analysis of non-fiction audio work. Students will analyze audio work, break down ideas of perspective, objectivity, civic engagement and historical dialogue. We will explore how commercial, financial, or institutional factors influence programming and editorial decisions and learn to analyze and interrogate those interactions critically. And, urgently, what is the role and responsibility of the audio journalist (as distinct from others
in media)?